Lionel Messi deals transfer blow to City

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has revealed that he would love to end his career at the club - potentially ending Manchester City's faint hopes of signing the player.

The Argentine superstar has spent his entire career at the Nou Camp to-date, breaking their goalscoring record and lifting numerous domestic, European and individual trophies.

And, at just 26-years-old, Messi has plenty of time on his side to do even more in the game - although he intends to remain at Barca if the club still wants him.

"I intend to retire here at Barcelona. As long as people want me, I will stay, I am happy here," he told Fox Deportes after a 7-0 weekend win.

Messi also has his sights set on more trophies this season, as the Catalan giants battle for another La Liga title - as well as the Champions League once again.

Gerardo Martino's side are into the last eight of Europe's premier club competition, and are also battling Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid for the La Liga crown.

"I am very proud at being in the history of such an important and big club," he added when speaking to Argentine paper Ole.

"The important thing is that this team keeps on making history, this group has been doing wonderful things, winning everything, and deserves to keep on doing important things."

Messi's initial comments will be a blow to Manchester City, who have been linked with a blockbuster move for the forward.

Manuel Pellegrini played down the speculation earlier in the month, claiming the link to the Citizens was nothing more than paper talk.

But, if the Premier League title chasers did harbor ambitions of bringing the player to the Etihad Stadium, they'll have to rely on a change of heart from the man himself.

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